Here is a useful analogy for the clueless. Think of the Brotherhood as Nazis. Now imagine that Hitler had been deposed after a year in power. At that point, would you think that it was important to bring the Nazis into the political process? Of course you wouldn’t. What would you do instead? You would tolerate a dictatorship while you ran a campaign getting the German people to realize that the Nazis were going to lead Germany to ruin. Once that was successful, you could then have elections that wouldn’t be hijacked by people who were anti-democratic.
The same needs to be done in Egypt. Tolerate a military dictatorship until an anti-MB publicity campaign bears fruit. That campaign needs to point out to those who are likely to join the Brotherhood that the Brotherhood did nothing to help Egypt’s economy during its one-year rule and that in fact what it did hurt the economy. More broadly, it needs to emphasize that Islam is the answer to their spiritual needs, but not their economic or political needs. The Brotherhood, as well as al-Qaida, the Ennahda, and millions of clueless leftists want to expand Islam’s role in the life of the average person, but in fact its role needs to be decreased. The West didn’t gain power by allowing Christianity to expand its role in people’s lives; it gained power by curtailing it.
What is particularly annoying about the EU venture is that it is being done by a woman, Catherine Ashton. Hey, Ms. Ashton, didn’t you hear about the Norwegian woman in Dubai? What makes you think the Brotherhood treats women any better than Dubai does?